Book Group

Monday, November 5th, 5:30pm

In keeping with my (Cindee’s) goal of reading classics every so often, we will be reading Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  This instant best seller became an ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres.
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen.  This Gothic thriller combines romance and cautionary tales about the dangers of science as it tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein.  In his obsession with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing life upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness.  Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and begins a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.
Frankenstein not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos.  In our age, filled with news of organ donation, genetic engineering and  bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.  Be ready for a great discussion!